April 21, 2020
To improve at golf, you need to be consistent with your practice in order to develop your skills and truly improve at the game. When you engage in block practice, you will be working on the mechanical aspects of your swings and strokes. However, block practice should only take up about 10% to 15% of your training time. You will want to have playing practice take up between 10% and 20% of the time, and you will want to have random practice and skill development take up about 70%. It accounts for the bulk of the training time because this is how you will develop the skills that you truly need to get better, not just be competent.
Tips for Better Results with Random Practice
If you are going to be practicing for less than 15 minutes, you will want to have three clubs available. If this is going to be a longer session, then you will want to have at least five clubs available. This is because you are going to be shuffling through the clubs rather quickly, as you practice. In fact, you will be changing up your intent after every two shows that you make. To change the intent, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to change the club after two shots. It just means that you will be varying, the targets, lies, and lengths of the swings. You will be able to move to another club after several swings.
Keep in mind that you want to make sure that you are making things truly random in this part of your practice. You will want to hit shots at different heights, choose different landing spots, use different skills, practice shaping your shots, changing up the yardage, and more.
The goal of random practice is to get your mind and body prepared to be able to react to different types of situations and to perform different actions subconsciously. It will make golfing in an actual game far easier for you no matter what you are facing.
You will find that random practice is one of the best ways to make appreciable gains in your skill level when playing golf. This type of practice has been used in other types of sports and other fields, as well, to great effect. Make sure it is a part of your own training regimen each time that you are practicing.